The nurses education bursary

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This program provides up to $1 million in bursary funding, awarded each year to qualified nursing applicants who demonstrate the greatest financial need.

What is available?

Bursary awards range from $500 to $2,000 per recipient. Only one Bursary will be issued to an individual in a 12-month period.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible if you:

  • are enrolled in a full-time nursing program of at least 4 months in length at a designated post-secondary institution that leads to a Certificate, Diploma or Degree recognized for practice in B.C.


  • Applicants in default of B.C. Student Loan or with bankruptcies including B.C. Student loans are not eligible for funding through this program.
  • Awards are disbursed based on a limited budget and not all applicants demonstrating financial need will be awarded. Applicants will be ranked against other applicants in the bursary period to determine who has the greatest financial need.
  • Part-time students in nursing programs are not eligible for this program.

How do I apply?

There is no need to apply for this bursary. You will be automatically assessed when you apply for a student loan.

Bursary period Application deadline
January - April January 15
May - August May 15
September - December September 15

Any errors or omissions (e.g. missed bursary deadline, wrong program code, incomplete full-time StudentAid BC loan application, etc.) on the loan application can not be appealed. Applicants will be considered in the next bursary period, provided all other eligibility criteria are met.